How could I live without my croissant? Tales of a gluten-free Frenchman

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French Chef Alain Braux enjoys his life in Austin, TX. Photo by ©Athena Danoy

How could I live without my croissant?  Tales of a gluten-free Frenchman

by Mara Alexander

“Me, a Frenchman, allergic to gluten! How could I live without my croissant for breakfast or piece of baguette with my favorite cheese? So you see, I will be making the same tough culinary choices in my life that you may have to make in yours.” — Chef Alain Braux, Living Gluten and Dairy-Free with French Gourmet Food

Chef Alain Braux is accustomed to a challenge.  It is what he lives for and what gives him that extra drive.  Cooking and consulting for a client family of 4 with a combined total of 140 food allergies?  No problem.  Being the Executive Chef and Nutritherapist at People’s Pharmacy in Austin, TX? But of course. These are just some of the many examples of Native Frenchmen Chef Alain Braux’s resilience and passion for healthy cooking.  And he’s been in the food and baking industry for an astounding 45 years, with his training coming from the famous French pastry chef Gaston Lenôtre. In the last few years, Chef Alain has discovered that he is gluten intolerant.  And having authored several books on healthy eating already, he decided it was time to write a book about gluten-free French food.  His newest gluten-free book,  Living Gluten and Dairy-Free with French Gourmet Food is jam-packed with over 80 original French gluten-free and dairy-free recipes.

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Living Gluten and Dairy Free with French Gourmet Food by Chef Alain Braux

Pain au Sarasin (Gluten-Free Buckwheat Bread). Photo via ©Creative Commons by Janedo70

Pain au Sarasin (Gluten-Free Buckwheat Bread). Photo via ©Creative Commons by Janedo70

Everything from breads, appetizers, soups, salads, entrees to deserts line the pages of his book; and there’s no shortage of mouth-watering recipes like Classique Mousse au Chocolat (Classic French Chocolate Mousse), Galettes de Sarasin Complete (Brittany-Style Savory Crêpes),  and Pain Sans Gluten a la Farine de Sarasin (Gluten-Free Buckwheat Bread). In addition to his recipes, Chef Alain also gives over 150 pages of practical advice about gluten-free living. Alain has bragging rights to four impressive cookbook awards: Best Cookbook at the 2012 Los Angeles Book Festival, Best Cookbook at the 2011 Paris Book Festival, Best Nutrition book at the 2011 Indie Excellence Awards, and Honorable mention at the 2011 New York Book Festival.

Alain’s book is easy to read and the recipes are scaled down enough that the you don’t have to be a skilled pastry chef to make them.  So, the next time you are in the mood for gluten-free French food, be sure to check out Chef Alain’s book. You can purchase his book Living Gluten and Dairy-Free with French Gourmet Food for $19.95 on by clicking HERE.  If you prefer to purchase the Kindle version for $9.95, click HERE.

Chef Alain Braux offers nutritherapy and diet plans to people with health issues related to food.  His website is He lives in Austin, TX. When you visit his website, please tell him that Mara with GlutenFreeWorld TV sent you.

Chef Alain Braux. Photo by ©Athena Danoy

One Response to “How could I live without my croissant? Tales of a gluten-free Frenchman”

  1. June says:

    Ah, what a boost this is to all of us who never thought we’d eat a loaf of crusty French bread again! Merci beaucoup, cher Chef Alain!

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